Regent, on 11 December 2012 - 06:18 AM, said:
Every shadow priest in this thread is literally every hunter 2 months ago. Welcome to hypocrisy at its finest.
Attempting to compare shadow priests in their current state to hunters pre-stampede fix is simply laughable. Everyone who looks at the game objectively understands that pre-fix stampede damage was out of control. Making statements like these leads me to agree with Djanqt's assessment that you have a shallow understanding of the game.
Coming from a shaman's perspective (overpowered healer I know), spriest cc is far from some of the best in the game. With totemic restoration, I can negate pretty much every psychic scream, unless the priest is casting them immediately off cooldown. I think spriest damage is in a good place right now - they can do good pressure, but they don't just randomly one shot players in the middle of a match. The same statement is not true when talking about warriors/mages/prenerf hunters/prenerf locks, and to a lesser extent classes like ferals.
I'm currently also playing a resto druid, and again I wouldn't say that spriests are overpowered from a druid perspective. Psychic scream and psyfiend are both relatively easy to avoid with travel form, not to mention displace beast if it is absolutely necessary.
I agree that spriest healing was way too good before 5.1, but now it doesn't seem like it is too much of a problem. It feels the same as it did in cata - if you go for a kill on a non spriest, then you wan't to cc the spriest at the same time to avoid off heals. Yes life swap is an extremely strong spell, but I think it should be given that it has a 6 minute cooldown. Mass dispel is very strong as well, but I feel like it is part of the priest identity, and it also has a 15 second cd with an exorbitant mana cost.
Also, you bring up in your first post that you played an excessive amount of spriests when you queued 3's. However, stats currently show holy paladins easily exceeding priests in representation at high ratings, especially when factoring the global percent representation. The stats pretty much represent what is already obvious, warriors and mages are by far the best dps classes in the game. Shamans and paladins are represented as the best healers, however I feel that resto druids will start having higher representation now that locks are significantly nerfed. So if anything, people should be clamoring to have your class nerfed before spriests, along with warriors (a class you play with),mages and shamans (shamans already did receive a rather significant nerf with the totem change).
Note: I do not personally feel that paladins need a nerf because they have higher representation than most classes. I'm only pointing out that just because you queued into a number of spriests in a single night of queuing, it does not stand as a valid proof that a class is overpowered or fotm.